2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 details leaked (updated)

A closer look at a sample 2012 Charger SRT8 shows some interesting features, including a 226mm rear axle with a 3.06 ratio; acoustic solar control glass all around; HID headlamps (with high-beam DRLs); a “functional hood scoop;” and a capless fuel filler. (Not all of these features are new to SRT8 or to Chrysler, but were not known to be on the 2012 until now.)

Returning are knock back mitigation, which prepares the brakes for faster use based on lateral g-forces and possibly other inputs, and tip start, or automated starting (required by the pushbutton starter). Knockback mitigation might be the “Ready Alert Braking system.”

Luxury is there with dual zone humidity-sensing automatic climate control, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, air filter, LED interior lighting, ventilated front seats, heated/cooled front cupholders, and other, more pedestrian features, not to mention a stunning 900 watt stereo with 19 speakers, with an antenna built into the rear window.

The SRT will have a two-mode active dampening suspension, and the transmission has a sport mode. As noted earlier, the “adaptive damping suspension uses on-road and driver inputs… to automatically tune the suspension for specific conditions. Drivers also can manually choose between “Auto” and “Sport” settings that quickly change the shock damping and harshness characteristics…”

Some other features include a black/red interior, adaptive cruise control (described in our 2011 Charger review), forward collision mitigation (using the sensor installed for the adaptive cruise), remote USB port, satellite traffic, and remote gas-cap release.

Some of the features listed here may be options, but the SRT models generally come well equipped regardless.

The Charger SRT8, due later this year, comes with a 6.4 liter engine that adds at least 40 hp and 45 lb-ft of torque, yet increases gas mileage; the transmission will remain the same five-speed automatic throughout model-year 2012, according to most sources.

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CR and FCA quality


Many people regard Consumer Reports as the last word in car reliability, despite problems with CR’s methods and an attitude which leads to cease-and-desist letters for posting pages like this one.

The current guide was headlined by Buick’s rise to #3, but the secondary story was FCA brands anchoring the bottom, along with Tesla.

What happened?

FCA can counter CR with good scores in J.D.

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Envisioning the 2018 Jeep Cherokee

For the next Jeep Cherokee, Susan Rand and “DarkSky” considered what the phrase “a more traditional front that is still unique” might mean. Sources claimed that the body would remain essentially unchanged.

Since the “headlights below the DRLs” aspect of the current Cherokee is the most radical change from the norm, both renderings swap the two positions, putting the headlights up high, with integral DRLs, parking lights in a separate area,

Read the full story: Envisioning the 2018 Jeep Cherokee  »

Ram: King of Canadian trucks

Ram-Canadian Truck King

For the third time in a row, the Ram 1500 has been crowned the overall winner of the Canadian Truck King Challenge.

The tenth annual Canadian Truck King Challenge, run in Ontario but including seven judges from across Canada, includes real-world evaluations covering nearly 4,000 km, during which payload is tested up to 4,000 pounds, towing is tested up to 15,000 pounds, and off-road capability is assessed.

There were eleven pickups entered into the Canadian Truck King Challenge competition,

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FCA profits shot up — driven by US


FCA’s adjusted operating profits shot up in the third quarter, with profits in North America rising from 6.7% of sales a year ago to 7.6% of sales. North America once again drove profits for FCA as a whole, but the Europe/Africa/Middle East region returned to profitability.

Net income went from a $420 million loss in the third quarter of 2015 to a net profit of roughly $660 million in this past quarter.  

Read the full story: FCA profits shot up — driven by US  »

Ram leading in van growth

With a nearly 47% year-over-year increase as of the end of September, Ram leads the market in commercial van sales.

Nine months into 2016, Ram has sold 39,214 ProMasters — 26,544 full-size ProMasters and 12,649 compact ProMaster Citys.

In September, monthly sales of Chevrolet and Ford vans fell, while Ram van deliveries were up more than 10%. The big ProMaster outsold every full-size van that didn’t wear a blue oval or a bow tie.

Read the full story: Ram leading in van growth  »

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